Friday, 21 October 2016

BOOK TO MOVIE | The Woman in Black

'I had seen the ghost of Jennet Humfrye and she had had her revenge.'

If you know me, or my blog, even just a little bit, then you know I talk about The Woman in Black a good deal... In fact, I probably bang on about it far too much, especially at this time of year. One post I've been keen to do in relation to The Woman in Black is a book to movie post - wherein I give you a brief description of the premise and then share a bit about both the book in written format as well as visual. Also sharing which format I prefer. If you're interested in hearing further thoughts of mine, then carry on reading!

The Woman in Black is the story of Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor who is put in charge of dealing with the papers of Alice Drablow. Alice Drablow is a long time client of the firm in which Kipps works, and he is sent to attend her funeral in the small village of Crythin Gifford, as well as deal with the paperwork and loose ends surrounding her home, Eel Marsh House.

Whilst attending to his work in the village of Crythin Gifford, Arthur senses something ominous surrounding the Drablow house and this is further fuelled by his sighting of the woman in black. Keen to garner a better understanding of Alice Drablow, the woman in black, and the village stories, Arthur forges onwards with the work he is in charge of, however there is a consequence to these actions and his short time in Crythin Gifford leads to life changing matters.

In book format, the story of Arthur Kipps is narrated by the man himself; recalling the story after a frightful night in which ghost stories are told between family and one is asked of him. Having the story narrated by Arthur Kipps definitely lends to a feeling of foreboding throughout, and makes the story feel all the more powerful to the reader.

The Woman in Black is of novella length, so neither particularly long nor short, and is perfectly well paced to keep the reader engaged. The prose are atmospheric and immersive, with the words of Kipps being enchanting even, holding your attention throughout. Because of the length of the story, I personally feel it is best read all in the one go, and is very much easily doable if you have a few hours spare.

I had forgotten how creepy the film adaptation of The Woman in Black is - much like the book, it is atmospheric and gothic in its approach.

The film starts at a different point than the book, as in the adaptation we do not meet Kipps as an older man, only in his 20's working as a junior solicitor. There are also a couple of lifestyle differences that impact on the story, including the fact that he already has a child and his wife has passed on. In the book, this is not the case - he is engaged to Stella, and they are working out plans for their future. This small little difference actually has a large impact on the story overall, and in fact, without saying too much, the stories differ in conclusion because of this. The way I word it to others is that the film very much has a 'Hollywood' stamp.

The plot of The Woman in Black has been altered slightly for the big screen, but the darkness of the story and the general premise relating to the woman in black remains.

One thing that I think translated really well for the big screen is the relationship between Arthur Kipps and Samuel Daily (a villager in Crythin Gifford).

Regarding the film, I was a little uncertain at the main role being played by Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame. Often times, when an actor has played an iconic character in film, it is hard for them to step away from that and been seen as a different identity all together. I thought I would experience this with Daniel Radcliffe after being such a fan of the Harry Potter films, however there was no need for worries. Daniel Radcliffe played the actor of Kipps perfectly, and I couldn't imagine another actor in his place.

It is the premise itself, in varying formats, that I love so much about The Woman in Black. Having to pick a format, be it book, film, or even theatre show (which I would highly recommend also), I'd always pick the original, the book. I revisit the story often, and I've actually reread it twice this year alone!

As I said above, it is the premise itself that I love so much about this story, and I highly recommend you check it out in one format or other. Now is an especially good time, be it book or film, to discover the haunting story of The Woman in Black.


Thursday, 20 October 2016

BOOK TALK | To Read, Or Not To Read: Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights and I have a bit of a history... Not the kind of history where I read it a good many years ago, fell in love with the story, and have revisited it time and time again; not the good kind of history. Of all the books on my unread shelf, Wuthering Heights has sat there the longest... For the most part, literally collecting dust. And yet, I can't seem to part with it.

As many of you may know, I enjoy classic literature, and have read a good many titles in the seven or so years in which I've really gotten into it. One of the books I find most recommended to me is Wuthering Heights. However, if you were to ask me what title intimidates me the most, I would answer Wuthering Heights.

To be honest though, I don't entirely know what I'm intimidated by. I have never gotten further than reading the first page of the book, so I don't even really know what is in store for me, other than the brief premise of the book I know. So, what's so intimidating about it?!

Very recently, I rescued Wuthering Heights from my donation pile. For weeks I was set on ridding myself of the copy I own, the book had been in my book donation bag for some time, and yet when it came to actually donating the book, I saved it the day before they were due to be picked up.

I think the fact that the title was recommended as a classic to read this A/W kind of aided in my rescue mission, if I'm being honest. But now I'm questioning whether I made the right decision or not.

I don't really know where I was going with this post, other than to ramble about Wuthering Heights - a book I still have not read yet despite owning my edition for four years.



Wednesday, 19 October 2016


WWW Wednesday is a linky hosted by Sam over at Taking On A World of Words with the idea being that you share a little bit about your current reads, recent reads, and also what you hope to read next.  I do take part in 'It's Monday' and so I do share my current reads in that way, but I like the idea of having an update too, as a way of looking back on my thoughts from a given week to see if they shifted etc.

This week I'm reading Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin - this is a title that has been on my wishlist for a while and I'm glad to get stuck in to this suspense novel.

I've finished a couple of titles this past week, and DNF'ed the book I was hesitant about: My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises.

The two titles I finished reading were Roseanna and also Slade HouseRoseanna made for interesting reading, and I hadn't read a police detective novel in a while so made a change for me - I would continue with the series. Slade House was a really quick read for me; I finished it in just over 24 hours. I'm hoping to a do a review of this title before the end of blogtober. I'd recommend picking it up as a quick Halloween read though, and see myself revisiting it in future years.

I'm not too sure what book I'll be picking up next, but I'm taking part in Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon this coming Saturday, and need to get started on putting a TBR together.